Sunday 4 March

AV FESTIVAL 12: AS SLOW AS POSSIBLE 
1 March 2012 – 31 March 2012

“One of the most imaginative festivals to be staged in the UK for many years.”
(The Guardian)

Titled after ASLSP (As SLow aS Possible), by pioneering artist John Cage, the AV Festival 12 theme explored how artists have stretched, measured and marked the passage of time. Some works lasted the full 31 days of the Festival, others were infinite in duration or moved imperceptibly slowly.

For the first time, the Festival ran for a whole month. It took place at different speeds, paces and times of day, across Newcastle, Gateshead, Middlesbrough and Sunderland. Including 22 exhibitions, 38 film screenings, 15 concerts, six walks, a 744-hour continuous online radio, plus 16 new commissions and 18 UK premieres.



AV Festival 12 achieved 94,096 visits, a 33% increase on 2010. It attracted 24% of visitors from outside the region, contributed £516k GVA to the local economy, and achieved a return on investment of £2.88 for every £1 of public funding received. The archive of Festival highlights can be viewed below, or you can search by the categories opposite.

Festival Director: Rebecca Shatwell


Yoshi Wada: Sound Ship upon Tyne

Fri 2 March – Sat 31 March 2012

Discovery Museum

Part of the American minimalist music and Fluxus scenes in 1960-70s New York, Yoshi Wada was influenced by George... more


On Kawara: One Million Years

Thu 1 March  – Sun 29 April 2012

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

One Million Years is an epic work of conceptual art. It speaks simply and directly about a subject... more


Hanne Darboven: Requiem

Sun 4 March 2012, 8-10pm

St Thomas the Martyr Church

The UK premiere of Hanne Darboven’s Requiem is performed by Thomas Dahl, Director of Music at St. Peter’s Church in Hamburg and selected by the...more


James Benning: Milwaukee/Duisburg

Thu 1 March – Sat 31 March 2012

Platform A Gallery

James Benning is one of the most important figures in American avant-garde film. In 1971 he... more



Susan Stenger: The Structures of Everyday Life: Full Circle

Thu 1 March – Sat 31 March 2012

Newcastle Civic Centre

This sound installation unites Western harmony and Eastern philosophy to mark both... more


Jonathan Schipper: Slow Motion Car Crash

Thu 1 March – Sat 31 March 2012

16 Saville Row / Locus +

Jonathan Schipper’s work provides an alternative way of experiencing the world by slowing... more


Kenneth Goldsmith: The 1703 Weather Diary of Thomas Appletree

Sun 4 March 2012, 11am-2pm

Morden Tower

In this new commission, Kenneth Goldsmith read for three hours continuously, from the... more


Yoshi Wada: Sound Ship upon Tyne Live

Sun 4 March 2012, 2-30-3.15pm

Discovery Museum

This new composition for bass drum and highland bagpipes, is performed live within Yoshi Wada’s sound installation at the Discovery... more



Torsten Lauschmann

Thu 1 March – Sun 6 May 2012

Laing Art Gallery

Torsten Lauschmann’s critically acclaimed work has been described as too slow to be film, and too fast to be photography. Working across old and new... more


Cyprien Gaillard

Thu 1 March – Sun 1 July 2012

mima, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

In his largest UK exhibition to date, award-winning artist Cyprien Gaillard presents two major film installations. The works show... more


John Gerrard

Thu 1 March – Sun 1 July 2012

mima, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

The UK premiere of two recent works by John Gerrard. Cuban School (Community 5th of October) 2010 and Cuban School... more


Julien Maire

Thu 1 March – Sat 19 May 2012

Hatton Gallery

The first UK solo exhibition by this leading new media artist revisits ideas of slow motion and duration. Making his own cinematic machines using... more



Jem Finer: Slowplayer

Thu 1 March – Sat 31 March 2012

The NewBridge Project

At extreme slow speeds, the spin of a record player is reduced to a glacial crawl, the music to seismic rumbling. A beat may last a minute... more


Benedict Drew: The Persuaders

Thu 1 March – Sat 31 March 2012

CIRCA Site

A single screen video gives breathing instructions that induce a sense of calm and well being. Sculptures act as empathetic mascots... more